I have a 55 plate GT with 85 on the clock in Rosso Red. It gets used daily for some heavy motorway driving. Of course, all of this use has meant some pretty bad stonechips. The paint is original and, my understanding is that, the original paint was somewhat soft.
Anyway, this is the state of the car currently:
1) front bumper is pretty bad.
2) bonnet has quite a few stonechips through to the metal
3) front wings and doors have a few chips - passenger side door has a tiny but noticable dink in it as does the sill (left with a moron of a tyre fitter who should not have been let loose with a jack)
4) rear "flares" before the rear wheel but after the doors were rough as hell but used some compounding paste to get that area smooth again but a few chips are visible.
The paint is nice and shiny and is, on the whole, pretty good. But Should i go for a full respray or not? I am worried about having bits and pieces done because the difference in paint will be clearly visible under fluorescent lighting.
To be honest, I think i am being a bit of a perfectionist really but i want it looking STUNNING again - Should i just tidy up the bits that need doing or do the full spray?
Well i'm a self confessed perfectionist and after 135K of motorway miles, my GT was in a similar situation to yours, peppered with severe stone chips! After very long discussions with several so called bodywork experts, i decided to only have sprayed the panels that needed spraying. A good professional sprayer will match 99.9% to the original colour and therefore spraying the whole car is unnecessary and not cost effective.
For info i had the following sprayed - front bumper, bonnet, wings, 50% of the n/s door, full o/s door, 50% of n/s rear quarter, part way up the A pillars. The result is near perfection in every light and angle and brings the car to showroom condition again
In fact i can find more imperfections in the original paint!!!
You need to be sure that the bodyshop doesn't just paint full panels otherwise they will stand out like a dogs dinner. For example if the front end (bumper, bonnet, wings) needs spraying, then part of the doors & A pillars will need to be cut into to blend into the original paint. I'm told with the new water based paints that are in use this process is more difficult but still possible by the experts.
So what's vitally important is you find a good bodywork specialist who doesn't cut corners.